The other three cards pull power from the PC Card socket and are comparable in price and performance. Apple is updating those drivers, and when we used the update betas, the adapters worked far more reliably. Overall processor speed dropped between 5 and 10 percent. For many Mac users, a computer is a tool, not a strange world to explore. This handy key is your guide to new and old communication methods on the Mac. Sure, and you don’t need to unplug it from one Mac and carry it to another.

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Cables and hubs are available from your local computer-supply store. Sure, and you don’t need to unplug it from one Mac and carry it to another.

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Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Modem No More As long as you don’t need an internal modem, you can also add a serial port to a blue-and-white G3 or a G4 without sacrificing one of its scarce PCI slots. Buying a new Mac is exciting, but some of that sparkle fades when you introduce it to your older equipment and find that they don’t all speak the same lingo.

Many copy-protected applications don’t require floppy disks. What does it all indicate?

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Newer Macs don’t have these ports, relying instead on Ethernet. An adapter is commonly a cable with one type of connector say, ADB on one end and a port for another type say, USB on the other. Tricky Business If you’ve got a Rev. To see whether your Mac has a PCI slot, com;ucable to http: Whatever your situation, you don’t think you have to connect to new USB devices.


Apple’s efforts to drag computing-and its users-into the 21st century has left many of us feeling like lost souls in an alien world. By plugging in this device and thus the connected printeryou can share your printer on the network — an option that’s not possible with a USB-to-serial adapter. Installing the current USB drivers corrected these problems. Email required Address never made public. Placing PCI cards in the slots takes a little more effort than plugging in an adapter, but none of the cards we tested posed any problems.

The other three cards pull power from the PC Card socket and are comparable in price and performance. Short of physically moving the hard drive from the old Mac to the new one, the easiest and least expensive compucahle is to string an Ethernet crossover cable between the two Macs’ Ethernet ports, turn on File Sharing, and transfer files across the network.

Dab adds a single serial port that works with most printers and MIDI devices. Unless older printers which usually communicate using LocalTalk bear an Ethernet connector, placing one of them on an Ethernet network is impossible without some kind of adapter.

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Use an old display and end up with a monitorless Mac? This device carries an Ethernet port that connects to the Mac or an Ethernet hub and a serial port for linking to LocalTalk. Odd Cards Out Most of these cards are nearly identical, so you can choose one based on price. Devices that fit clmpucable these slots are called PC Cards. If you’re using the printer with just a single Mac, run an Ethernet crossover cable between the Mac and adapter and forgo the hub.


SCSI small computer system interface ports connect hard drives, scanners, and printers. The iDock2 lacks a SCSI connection, and it doesn’t provide a way to bring video out of your iMac, but it supplies all the other ports you need for older equipment. Some cards didn’t perform properly because they shipped with outdated drivers.

My MIDI application requires a floppy-disk key to run, but my new Macintosh doesn’t have a floppy drive. Hopefully, the drivers will be out of beta by the time you read compucabl check Apple’s Web site, at http: This was hardly good news if you’d paid good money for older equipment that nini still work-if only you could plug it in-or if you had an old Mac that was incompatible with a tempting array of new equipment.

The iPort supplies a video-out port as well, and it supports a greater variety of screen resolutions than these iMacs can otherwise offer.

When you want to copy data to or from the disk, just minu on the alias to mount the disk. There are three types of PC Cards:

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